Reducing the Stress when carrying heavy school backpacks

Written by Ann Wilkinson, P.T.M.S.

Q: My daughter has an incredibly heavy back pack.  How can I help her ward off pains when she grows up that may occur from years of this on going stress on her posture and muscles?

A: One thing to keep in mind, is that a long duration, low intensity stress is as damaging as a quick, high impact injury. The back pack is a low impact, repetitive, long duration stress. Carrying a heavy backpack long term, can make imbalances in the postural muscles such that the scalene muscles, pectoral muscles and psoas muscles are shortened causing forward head, rounded shoulder and lordotic low back posture. 

Chronic Neck pain

Written by Ann Wilkinson, P.T.M.S.

Q: I am having a chronic problem that seems to go back and forth between my neck and my shoulder.  It seems when one hurts the other one does not and vice versa.  Why would this happen?  

A:  Neck pain can occur in conjunction with shoulder pain for many reasons.  The simplest reason is that a muscle in the neck becomes overused or strained to the point that it develops a trigger point.  Trigger points may develop in for instance the scalene muscles located at the lateral aspect of the neck on both sides that can cause symptoms that radiate into the shoulder even down the arm mimicking rotator cuff symptoms.

Vitamin D Deficiency – A Risk Factor For Heart Disease

Written by Debbie Edson RPh.

February is American Heart Month – a time when we focus our attention on combating the leading cause of death in the United States, heart disease.  According to the CDC 770,000 Americans will have a new heart attack in 2008, and 430,000 will experience a recurrent attack.1 Over 64 million Americans suffer from one or more forms of cardiovascular disease such as elevated blood pressure, coronary disease, heart failure, and stroke.

Mental Heath is About Resilience

Written by Robin Sesan.

While many of us wish for a life that is free of stress, harm and bad feelings, the reality is that over the course of our lives we will all encounter difficulties.  It is how we cope with life’s challenges that determine our overall mental health and sense of well-being.  As a psychologist, I continually witness the resilience of the human spirit, as clients I work with overcome tragedy, trauma, and adversity.  They learn skills that allow them to create lives that are valuable, joyful and enriching.   In life there is suffering.  How we approach suffering will affect our overall happiness, mental health and experience in the world. 

Conservative Approach for Tempromandibular Dysfunction

Written by Dr. Amit Dua.

     Approximately 15 percent of people in the United States experience pain associated with tempromandibular dysfunction (TMD), however only 1 percent have pain severe enough to seek treatment.  In many cases TMD can be alleviated with nonsurgical treatment or self managed care. Nonaggressive therapy can be both helpful and economical Some common signs and symptoms of TMD may include tenderness or pain of the jaw, aching pain in and around the ear without infection, aching facial pain, frequent headaches, tooth pain or sensitivity, inability to open jaw smoothly or evenly, clicking or popping jaw joints, and an uneven or uncomfortable bite.

Diabetes: An Eye Exam Can Save Your Sight

Written by William Tasman, M.D..

In the U.S., diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of vision loss among adults often during their most productive years.  It causes up to 24,000 new cases of vision loss each year.

What does diabetes have to do with my eyes and what is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetes can harm your vision, or even cause blindness.  With diabetes, your body does not use and store sugar properly.  High blood sugar levels damage capillaries, small blood vessels connecting arteries and veins.  The damage to the vessels in your eyes is called diabetic retinopathy. 

Think You Need New Glasses? You Actually Might Have Cataracts

Written by By David Palmer, MD.

Many seniors think that new glasses and a stronger prescription is all they need to get back the vision of their youth. The fact is that cataracts may be the cause for the decline in vision. The condition is the leading cause of vision loss among adults 55 and older. In fact, more than half the people over age 65 have some degree of cataract development. 

Smooth Drinks for Better Health… And, They’re GREEN!

Written by Dr.Scott Rosenthal.

RECIPE #1:  Puree massive quantities of low-fiber, highly saturated fats and trans fats with highly processed, sugary foods.  Mix in gallons of nutrient-leeching carbonated beverages.  Add very LIMITED fruits and vegetables!  Shake, stir and WAIT!  The transformation WILL take place.  The process involves complicated and intricate biochemical reactions and rapid cellular change.  WHAT is the secret result of this nature-bending, mad-food-scientist experiment?   The answer is: The Average American!

Car Accidents and Kids = Hidden Damage!

Written by Dr.Scott Rosenthal.

It looks like something you would see at a NASCAR event.  It's made to lock and tether.  The contoured seat sports a harness with two pink terry cloth strap pads.  Without the presence of stale, crushed Cheerios, one may even mistake the infant seat as a throne fit for NASA’s next shuttle mission.

Chiropractic: BORN IN THE USA!

Written by Dr.Scott Rosenthal.

 It’s the 1800’s.  You are sick.  The local town doc gives you an exam.  After rummaging through his black bag, tossing aside a small, corked brown bottle and positioning his spectacles, your treatment begins.  Wielding a metal device sporting a shiny blade, he cuts open a vein on your arm.  A few pints of blood are removed in hopes of curing what ailed you.  This is not a new, high copay-like deterrent designed by your HMO to limit your doctor visits, but part of the available health care of the time.  Credited for contributing to George Washington’s death in 1799, the practice of bloodletting was one of many medical practices that signified the need for advancement in health care. 

Our Vital Need for Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Written by Dr.Scott Rosenthal.

Millions stand confused!  A sea of supplements in the local health food store or market blinds us.  Hundreds of ads, articles and friendly advice further complicate the issue. Determining the best regimen of nutritional supplements can be a mission impossible.  Short of relying on “eenie meenie miney mo,” many give up by taking nothing!  The purpose of this article is to encourage the use of at least one daily supplement.  Perhaps the most important, and likely the most researched, it is definitely the most varied in regard to quality and price.  Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil, are vital for our health and well-being!  These are the official “GOOD FATS.”

Your Optimum Weight… NASCAR-Style!

Written by Dr.Scott Rosenthal.

Could it be the hot dogs, cold beer and the pungent smell of burnt rubber?  Perhaps it’s the many steps and other obstacles that exercise the thighs and legs like pistons while on the way to your seat.  Or, is it simply the deafening roar of the passing cars and cheering crowds?  How can NASCAR keep you fit?  To help in the creation of one’s optimum weight, it is better to look at a NASCAR pit crew for the answers than to the crowded concession stands or circling drivers.  Why is that?  The pit crew knows fuel, parts and tires. 

The Nature of Healing

Written by Kathleen Gareth FNP.

The approach to health differs between the western model and holistic models.  In the west health, is defined by conventional or allopathic practitioners as the absence of disease.  Very little time or resources or committed to looking at the whole person and the connection between mind-body-spirit.  Yet, these very same practitioners do recognize that some connection exists and that those with mind-spirit disruptions do not fare as well with treatments.  These are often those with chronic illness who continue to resist treatment or life style changes and those who seem unable to heal.  This is not absolute of course.  Many succumb to a multitude of diseases that are very strong in mind and spirit.  The nature of healing is a complex process and is not an event.  It involves the role of the patient and practitioner(s) in a complex process.  This process of integrating healthy life styles into the essence of life often involves using multiple avenues by the patient with the assistance of one or often more practitioners.  No set time frame can be applied since this is a very personal process with a unique purpose for each person involved.  This includes the healer/practitioner.

The Great Debate

Written by Dr.Gerald Lemole.

Earl’s raspy breathing often preceded him on his visit to the doctor’s office.  “Darth Vadar!” the receptionist would kiddingly say as he opened the office door.  This, plus his shortness of breath, fatigue and depression sent him repeatedly to his family practitioner, cardiologist and pulmonary doctor.

When Earl came to see us at the Center for Integrative Health, he was ashen, gray and wheezing.  After an extensive interview, we put him on a regimen for his symptoms.  A week into his treatment he felt better but when his studies came back he was seen to have a severe Vitamin D deficiency and was immediately put on 5,000 IU daily of Vitamin D3.  


Written by Rose DiLeva VMD, MS, CVCP, CVA.

Q:   I’ve recently found out that acupuncture is practiced on pets. What pets exactly?

A:     Acupuncture is the placement of tiny needles into specific predetermined locations, called acupuncture points, on the body for the purposes of healing. The word “acupuncture” is derived from the Latin “acus”, which means “needle” and “pungare”, which means, “to pierce”.

Use Your Hands to Heal

Written by Karen Verna Carlson, N.D., Ph.D..

Touch + Intention + Attention = Healing

You have used your hands for a myriad of tasks today, but most likely none of them have involved healing.  That’s about to change.  It is both simple and easy to transmit healing energy using the very hands that zip up your jacket, open doors, hold a phone or hand over a credit card.  

Touch is a powerful catalyst for healing energy. 

Put this magazine down for a minute, and place your palms and fingers lightly together in the classic prayer position ~ not to pray, but just to feel.  Focus on their temperature for a moment.  Relax a bit.  Maybe take a satisfyingly full breath.  Be present with your experience.  Is there even the slightest shift in temperature?  Now concentrate on sensations shared by those hands.  A slight pulsation perhaps.  Any buzzing, humming or prickles?  Be patient.  Pay attention.


Written by Rose DiLeva VMD, MS, CVCP, CVA.

     My pet was just diagnosed with Lyme disease. He was put on antibiotics for a month. What else can I do to help him ?

     The current information on Lyme disease in dogs has been growing over the years. Certainly, more research needs to be done to fully understand the course and status of these pets after they have been treated. Of particular interest is the question of whether the pet is completely rid of the organism once treated. This is still up for debate, however, some studies have come to light. More practitioners now consider that a Lyme-positive dog may never be able to completely clear the infection.


Written by Rose DiLeva VMD, MS, CVCP, CVA.

      I prefer not to use any of the topical and toxic flea preventatives on the market. Do you know of any natural ways I can help prevent fleas from bothering my dogs and cat?


     A successful flea control program involves treating your pet, as well as, the environment. The adult female flea can lay as many as five hundred eggs a day. That can translate into tens of thousands of fleas by the end of the month. Under ideal conditions of temperature and humidity the flea can go through its four-stage life cycle which is egg, larva, pupa and adult within three to four weeks.

Uncover the Extraordinary with Meditation!

Written by Dr.Scott Rosenthal.

Imagine gazing into your flat screen television.  The late night infomercial stops your thumb from dancing like a jackhammer on the remote control.  The slick announcer, with his white teeth and radiant tan, pitches bigger than-life promises!  He rattles off a string of irresistible hooks:

“Do you want to optimize your BRAIN FUNCTION, have better ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE, deep SLEEP, lowered BLOOD PRESSURE, less ANXIETY, reduced STRESS, better HEALTH and reverse THE AGING PROCESS...?”

Lower Blood Pressure With Chiropractic

Written by Dr.Scott Rosenthal.

My first "real" patient ("real" meaning not another student!) during my internship has left lasting memories. I was in Atlanta that summer of 1991, and it was hot. Between being nervous from having the first patient ever of my new career gaze with desperation into my eyes, and the blue, polyester blend clinic jacket that covered my long-sleeve shirt and matching blue tie, the day felt even hotter! My patient was in extreme pain. My mind raced. I took deep breaths to stave off hyperventilation. Then the miracle happened. After weeks of chiropractic care, a welcomed surprise occurred in my first patient's life. The day ended with smiles. I survived. He survived... and he felt real relief!

Health with Homeopathy: A Safe Alternative to treating ADD/ADHD

Written by Kathleen Gareth, RN, MSN, FNP.

                When Andrew, a third grader, was having difficulty at school, his mother requested a teacher conference and was told her son fails to pay attention in class, disrupts his fellow students and is often found daydreaming or passing notes during important class discussion.  The teacher described his pattern as consistent with Attention Deficit Disorder.

            ADD and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) refer to behaviors relating to inattention, impulsivity and/or hyperactivity.

Is The Seesaw Missing from Your Playground of Health?

Written by Dr.Scott Rosenthal.


What happened to all the SEESAWS?  Was it the bruised knees, bleeding chins or sore behinds that brought their demise?  It must have been the lawyers fueled by angry parents with sobbing children.  This momentous removal was necessary to protect from playground injury.  On the downside, we lost a valuable educational tool when seesaws began to vanish from our neighborhoods!


Written by Karen Verna Carlson, N.D., Ph.D..

      Celebrate! Maintaining Health and Weight
      Balancing feasting with fasting is my secret for ebulliently enjoying holiday festivities to the max.  (I’ve heard, however, there are more restrained levels of holiday enjoyment.  Choose what suits you.) Yes, I can party hearty with a free conscience and keep my svelte physique.  And you can, too.  Here are the details for you to emulate or adapt respecting your personal physical condition to boost your holiday pleasure without diminishing your health or adding inches to your waistline.


Written by Rose DiLeva VMD, MS, CVCP, CVA.

     How do I know if my dog or cat is experiencing any kind of pain? They are both getting older and “slowing down” but they never cry or whimper.

     First and foremost to understand about animals is that we have domesticated them. As such we can live with dogs and cats in our homes and generally coexist without issue. There is, however, a part of both dogs and cats that is an innate instinct for survival. I usually explain it to my clients by saying that we need to go back a million years or so when survival of the fittest in the forest was the norm. Back then, as now, in the wild, an animal is either a predator or the prey. When either of them became injured or weak, they became an easy target for a hungry predator. 


Written by Rose DiLeva VMD, MS, CVCP, CVA.

All companion animals should be provided with clean, fresh water every day (ideally filtered water or spring water). The water bowel is best if made out of stainless steel or ceramic since some dogs and cats do have allergies to bowls made of plastic and this can cause inflammation, irritation and lesions around the mouth and chin.

All pets should receive their food once or twice a day (my preference is twice a day) at approximately the same time. Free choice food left down all day is a NO NO. This allows the pet to pick throughout the day and eventually will lead to an overweight animal. It also interferes with the digestive process that begins in the mouth.


Written by Dr Rose Dileva VMD,MS,CVCP,CVA.

      Reiki has long been practiced on humans as a form of energy medicine and energy healing. It originated in Japan with a Dr. Mikao  Usui. Many schools have developed since then but Dr. Usui is considered the founder. It was through Dr. Usui’s line that I became a Reiki Master in 2003. The term Reiki translates into “universal life energy.” Reiki is considered part of the range of holistic healing presently gathering acceptance into mainstream medicine, particularly energy medicine.  Since everything in the universe, us, plants, trees, animals, the oceans, all are made up of energy,  we are all connected. It is through this connection that Reiki is able to help a person or animal heal, not just on a physical level, but also, on an emotional, mental and spiritual level, as well.

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